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Kryvyi Rig is threatened with flooding after a Russian strike on hydraulic infrastructure.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised “victory” on Wednesday, speaking from the strategic city of Izium recaptured from the Russians, while his hometown of Kryvyi Rig was threatened with flooding after a Russian strike on hydraulic infrastructure.

Hit in the evening by seven Russian missiles, according to local authorities, Kryvyi Rig, in central Ukraine, and its 600,000 inhabitants must cope with the sudden flooding of a river, the Ingoulets, which threatens the city center and another district.

At the point of impact, a water flow of 100 m3 per second is observed, which is a large volume. The water level of the Ingulets is changing every hour, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Kyrylo Tymoshenko said, while assuring that the situation is under control.

Mr. Zelensky meanwhile denounced an attempt to flood Kryvyi Rig. The strike caused no casualties, according to the governor of the region, Valentin Reznitchenko.

Ukrainian soldiers sit on a tank in Izium, Kharkiv region.

A few hours earlier, Mr. Zelensky had traveled to Izium on his first trip to the Kharkiv region since this northeastern area was almost completely recaptured from the Russians in the past 15 days.

A city of some 50,000 inhabitants before the war, Izium had been the subject of deadly fighting in the spring before being taken by the Russian army, which made it a strategic supply node.

“We are only moving in one direction, forward, towards victory.

—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Telegram

Mr. Zelensky also highlighted the significant destruction suffered by Izium.

Despite the Russian retreat from the Ukrainians, President Vladimir Putin does not consider the invasion launched on February 24 as a mistake, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday.

A destroyed Russian army armored personnel carrier burns in a field on the outskirts of Izium, Kharkiv region.

Mr. Putin meanwhile spoke on the phone with UN Secretary General Antionio Guterres, hailing constructive cooperation around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, occupied by the Russia, recently visited by a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He also ruled that Ukrainian cereals, whose exports have resumed after months of blockage, should go first to the countries that need them most, and not to the EU, which he has previously accused. to receive most of it.

Ukraine has announced that it has taken back from the Russians in September alone thousands of square kilometers in the east and south, where the situation is completely tense and very dynamic, the spokeswoman for the command warned. South of the Ukrainian army, Natalia Goumeniouk.

For its part, the Russian army, whose strikes have caused vast cuts in recent days; electricity in several Ukrainian regions, said on Wednesday the all-out shelling of Ukrainian forces, in particular in the Kharkiv region.

Massive strikes were carried out in the regions of the localities of Dvoritchna, Balaklya and Kupyansk, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

An office building destroyed by shelling in Mykolaiv.

In Mykolaiv (south), two buildings were hit and two people died, according to local authorities. In Bakhmout, a city in the Donetsk region that Moscow has been trying to conquer for months, five civilians were killed on Tuesday, the regional governor lamented.

In the Donetsk region, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko reported shelling along the entire front line. The one from the neighboring region of Lugansk, Serguiï Gaïdaï, announced that the Russian forces had regained control of the locality of Kreminna.

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Armed with Western arms deliveries, Ukraine has recovered almost all of the Kharkiv region, bordering Russia, thanks to its counter-offensive, and obtained more modest territorial gains in the south. , where it continues to strike bridges used by Russian forces.

The Ukrainian advances in September are the largest since the Russians left the outskirts of kyiv and central Ukraine. #x27;Ukraine in the spring after failing to seize it.

The West has imposed sanctions on Russia and increased arms deliveries to Ukrainians. Leaders of European Union and NATO countries regularly travel to Kyiv to show their support for Mr. Zelensky.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, thus announced in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) to go there on Wednesday, promising unwavering solidarity with Ukraine and firmness against Moscow.

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